Sling TV, TiVo, theUHD Alliance and More
The 2015 International CES didn't feature as many breakthroughs in streaming media technology as the previous year, when it seemed every major TV manufacturer announced a 4K deal with Netflix. This year was more of an incremental series of changes- with the exception of another big press day announcement from Dish:
Sling TV is an over-the-top streaming service that features a small selection of channels (ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN). It's those first two that are huge, as a big barrier in the way of cord-cutters has always been sports—especially major rights-holder ESPN. Sling TV represents the first time users will be able to pay for ESPN without subscribing to cable.
that the guide menu, on some channels, allows users to "go back in time" and watch what was on an hour ago or a day ago. It also appears that more channels and devices will be added over time.
DISH also introduced what it touted as the first 4K set-top pay TV receiver: the 4K Ultra HD Joey (early summer availability). Also announced was the new VEVO music streaming service, an addition to DISH's Hopper ecosystem, making Hopper the first DVR with VEVO integration. Unveiled as well was a new streamlined Hopper remote control with half the buttons of the classic Hopper remote and a clickable touchpad that responds to voice commands and contextual search.
. TCE i—who as of now are only TCL, Hisense and the newly announced Haier and Best Buy's Insignia brand—to stream in 4K on those TVs.
recently introduced,the network's incoming late-night tandem of Stephen Colbert and James Corden will be "much more user-friendly in social networking." On streaming, he plainly stated, "I don't care where you watch our shows—just watch them."